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Support groups

September 04, 2006

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups

Hagerstown and Frederick, Md. area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family members or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Maryland 77 Hagerstown Chapter, today, weigh-in at 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m., meeting at 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Monday. Visitors are welcome. Call 301-791-4909, 301-739-6267 or 717-597-8747.

Leukemia and lymphoma support

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter, sponsor a support group for patients and families affected by blood cancer: leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, MDS or myeloma. For information, call 301-665-4650.

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Breast-feeding support

Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Washington County Hospital, room 124, Pangborn Hall, Hagerstown. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month for pregnant women who are planning to breast-feed and mothers who are breast-feeding. Free. Call 301-790-8530.

Grandparents as caregivers support

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Washington County Commission on Aging, 140 W. Franklin St., fourth-floor Commissioners' Room, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. R.S.V.P. to Ruth Brown, 301-790-0275, ext. 205; or to Linda Crone, ext. 210.

Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living Group

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living, 10014 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter. Call Debbie Burker, 301-791-5118, ext. 222; or Sheri Evans, 301-791-9221, ext. 213.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to educate and inform residents of Washington County about mental illness and to support individuals with mental illness, their families and caregivers. Call Connie Pauley, 301-824-7725.

Headway support

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., Robinwood Medical Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month and offers support for persons living with brain injury and their families. Call 301-714-4028.

Labor of Love support

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Washington County Hospital, room 124 in Pangborn Hall, 251 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month for anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn loss. Call 301-739-3863 or 301-739-2439.

DivorceCare support

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Each Wednesday, beginning Sept. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 47 E. King St. Seminar sessions feature nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. There is a $5 registration fee and $12 for the workbook. For information or to register, call the church office, 717-532-6850; or send e-mail to xumc@pa.net.

Pet bereavement support

FUNKSTOWN - Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Animal Health Clinic, 26 E. Baltimore St. The group provides participants an opportunity to discuss their feelings of loss as well as a chance to celebrate the lives of their pets. The group is free, open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of each month. Call in advance to reserve a seat, 301-733-7579.

La Leche League (breast-feeding support)

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Valley Mall Community Room, between JC Penney and The Bon-Ton, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Thursday of each month. Nursing and expectant mothers and their children are welcome. To speak with a local La Leche League leader, call Lara, 301-576-8157; or Jessica, 240-235-6350.

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Twelve-step meeting for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The group meets every Thursday. Call Claudia, 301-293-2243; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org on the Web.

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